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Louis - 10 month old shep; Needs operation on his leg/s
Topic Started: 25 Aug 2010, 08:22 PM (13,502 Views)
bruni
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Louis is 10 months old and came in to Vigil from a home last week because he has Elbow Dysplasia and after visiting the vets and having xrays he only had 500 left on his insurance.
His owners also couldn't cope with having 2 sheps under 20 months, so he had to go.
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He is in foster with me at the moment until his op.
After his op he has already been offered numerous homes.
And although he's 'blue' (don't do blues) He is the sweetest hairy bear you could wish to meet towards everyone and everything. Apart from a puppy chew fest the other night he is a delight to have around and all the girls love him, including my Heather.
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We have been given a ball park figure of 2000 per elbow from the referal vets, he will need both doing whether together or one at a time we will not know until he see's the surgeon.
Unfortunately time is of the essence and the sooner he has the op the less pain and the less likely he will get Arthritis.
This is the reason we are starting this appeal for Louis, Diana (shoot the owner) and I when not 'doing' the Vigil stall are now also 'doing' car boots and have been really successful with our first one which all the proceeds went to 'Louis Fund' so if you can donate anything for us to car boot we would be really grateful!
I am also doing some sponser things so please watch this space (and no laughing!)
and I have my fingers crossed that some members on BIGGSD might donate towards 'Louis fund' we are setting up a paypal account on the VIGIL websie but until that is set up please pm me for an address to send cheques to if you wish to donate.
Thank you x



Alternatively please paypal [email protected]



Edited by Skyes Mum, 2 Sep 2010, 08:29 PM.
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gsdlover
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My partner, Andy, is doing this race http://www.paras10.com/ in just under three weeks time. He has offered to try to raise some money for Louis by doing this. :yay:

Basically, it is a 10 mile off road run in boots and carrying a 38lb bergen - it is one of the tests that the new recruits for the Paras have to undertake - to qualify as a Para you have to do the run in under 1hr 50 mins - which is what Andy's aim is. I'd just like to point out that he is nearly 30 years older than the new recruits would be so it obviously is quite a challenge :sofa: He has been training hard with three 10 mile runs a week, 1 of which involves carrying the bergen, and two circuit classes.

Any sponsorship would be very welcome - we will be at the funday, and if we can get organised enough, we'll bring the bergen, fully loaded and put it next to the Vigil stall (if its going to be there) with some info.

I will start the sponsorship at 20 - looks like you can paypal it as per Sharons post. Can you also post here if you are specifically sponsoring Andy just so that i can acknowledge it personally. :thumbs up:
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bruni
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Thank you Zoe, and Andy you are a trooper in my eyes anyway! love2
I will sponser Andy 20 just to get round the curcuit.
Louis says 'what a hero!' and I agree :worthy:

Thank you both so much!
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Sheba'sMum
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John's bit of fluff!

I'll give him a tenner if he turns up in 'those' shorts on Sunday Zoe. :brow:




Naaa I'll give a tenner anyway.
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bruni
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:glitter_love: U C xx
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sarismum
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Always had a soft spot for a para as well as gorgeous bears like Louis. Can't be at the fun day, but please put me down for a tenner. Please pm me info and I'll post a cheque.
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Kent Elsa & Zorro
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I'll send 50. I don't like to do Penpal as I want every penny to go the Louis appeal. Sharon, can I send via Biggsd direct debit saying what it's for or post a cheque to your address or Zoe's?

PM me what will be the best way. Thanks

Bev
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Put me down for 10, I will give it to Zoe when I see her for a walk on Saturday. :gsd paw:
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Thanks for the info John

10 from my son Gareth,
20 From Terry & I


:worthy: Thats takes some B***s.


:heart: Suewotshopinghejustmightbeinaparauniform... :brow:

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gsdlover
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Thank you all so, so much :worthy: I really don't know what to say :embarassed:

Coral - I'll try to get him to wear "those" shorts :thumbs up:

Sue - sadly he's not actually a Para so he won't be sporting a uniform.....nice thought though :sofa:
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bruni
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No pressure Andy but that's 140 already and I can't believe it!
Thank you so much guys I knew the BIGGSD family would come through! :worthy:

For all cheque donations can you please put on the back 'Louis fund - para' That way I can keep track of the sponsered event you are refering to. And please make all cheques payable to 'Vigil'.

If you do wish to donate by paypal please wait and use Vigil's paypal which will be on the Vigil website.
As soon as it is up and running I will add the link on Louis threads (please also state that the paypal is for Louis).

Of course I will be at the Mutts & BIGGSD funday on sunday where you cna give me donations.
Thank you all again!
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Honey
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Sheba says that she would like to help and will donate 20 .... this has come out of her boniom pocket money!!

Sheba says her Daddy will give Zoe the money on the walk next sat :GSD:
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NoushyZiggs&Mia's Mum
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Its worth a mention. Mr Hannah the Orthapaedic Vet in Eastbourne is highly regarded by Mr Gary Clayton Jones, which is recommendation enough for me, and I wonder if he would quote a much lesser price for Louis, but also carry out a first class procedure?

I had to send a little puppy there this year and the poor baby's diagnosis was dire, but spot on with a second opinion from Mr Clayton-Jones, who said Mr H's XRays and diagnosis was always first class.

It may or may not save several hundred pounds :thumbs up:
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shannon111
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30 Aug 2010, 06:57 PM
Its worth a mention. Mr Hannah the Orthapaedic Vet in Eastbourne is highly regarded by Mr Gary Clayton Jones, which is recommendation enough for me, and I wonder if he would quote a much lesser price for Louis, but also carry out a first class procedure?

I had to send a little puppy there this year and the poor baby's diagnosis was dire, but spot on with a second opinion from Mr Clayton-Jones, who said Mr H's XRays and diagnosis was always first class.

It may or may not save several hundred pounds :thumbs up:
i second this, that is the man that saved my max and
operated on my shannon bless her, the op was many
years ago and she lived a good life for many years after.
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Skyes Mum
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Blimey....is that Pat?
Nighthawk has requested that his winnings from the biggsd 100 club be paid towards Louis fund :yay:

Thank you Pete :worthy: :thumbs up:
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Skyes Mum
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Blimey....is that Pat?
Thank you also to Claire & Daisy & Spirited 1 who have also donated their 100 club wiinings for Louis :worthy: :group hug:

There is now a paypal account for Louis fund :thumbs up: the email address is [email protected] please help with a donation however small, this gorgeous boy needs our help.
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i will put out an appeal to our clients for him.
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A huge thank you to ALL for your donations Louis says ' he wuvs wou' to Sheba and thank you to all the winners of the Hundred club.
A massive hug to my angel which is Helen for setting up the paypl and email account for me. I wuv wou 'elen! :new angel: He seemed to love going to Auntie Pats at the weekend, even though he was in the van or under the stall table for most of it he did come out to say hello. He came to Mytchett to where he lapped up the strokes and pats and even had a little toddler pat him and he was a total sweetheart, just sat there while she tentitavley stroked his hair it was lovely! It makes all the difference with him at the shows as people can see him and I am in NO doubt that the total raised for his operation wouldn't be anywhere near what it is if he hadn't been there to show people what a lovley boy he is. And for those that maybe worried about his welfare at the shows please don't be he is very well looked after and is certainly not pushed where walking comes into it.

Thank you to for the recommendation Trish I am awaiting the vets he has seen this week and will get onto him once I have his xrays back.

He is still being the a fantastic dog to have around and this morning Damia was washing his face, she's only ever done that with Kassie before so I think he felt quite honored. I will try and get some pics of him tomorrow mornig with he girls and the pony if they stay still for long enough, it might just be of him.

Thanks again you fantastic people and pooches!
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Hi,

I also have a very hairy (now 2 year old) GDS - MAX - who had to have a double elbow op earlier this year following a spait of him going lame and limping all the time. These ops together came to just over 3,000, but luckily for us our insurance covered for most of this. He had his worst leg done in March which he recovered from very quickly and was up and running around in no time. He then had to have his other leg done in June and whilst that one took a little longer to heal he is now fit, well and doing all his normal things. He actually won 3 rosettes at the weekend in a fun dog show for 'Best Dog', 'Best Dog for his age' and 'Dog in best condition'. I was so proud of him.

Sadly, due to a split in my long term relationship in January 2010, it was agreed that Max lived with my ex-partner. Mainly because I was moving into bedsit accommodation for a while and partly because Max always goes to work with my ex-partner and therefore always has human company. I do still have access to Max at least twice a week. I take him dog training Tuesday evenings and have him for the afternoons on Sundays. It always breaks my heart to take him back, but I know he is getting looked after and he always gets very spoilt when I have him! Plus I am the only one out of us that is training him and he certainly needs it. I am currently in the process of buying my own house which is due to complete at the end of September. My ex-partner has agreed that I can have Max most weekends and take him training on Tuesdays as normaly, but I am also considering having my own GSD dog as a full time companion for me when I am settled in my new home. Hence why I have joined this forum which was receommended to me by another dog owner at the dog show at the weekend.

Once I am settled in my new home, I will certainly be on the look out for a new GSD to train and love as I do with Max. I will obviously not be able to give Max up and therefore may have to find a new dog that will get on fine with Max, even though my friends have told me that for my sake and Max's I should give Max up and not see him anymore. And they are friends that don't own or have a bond with pets!!!

Good luck with the op.

Tina
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Hi Tina and welcome to the site. :BIGGSD_Welcome:

Thank you so much for your words they have given great comfort, in the fact that once done he should be back to normal and that is something that was worrying me, that once his elbow/s were done he may find it hard to run and play as he does with most dogs, it would be a real shame if he couldn't act like the pup he is because of his elbows.

I can understand the turmoil you must be feeling about your boy but hopefully you can work something out and I'm sure once you're settled there will be the perfect dog for you who will also be dog and Max friendly.

Take care and thanks again for sharing your experience! :thumbs up:
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weve got 50 so far :funny little things:
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30 Aug 2010, 06:57 PM
Its worth a mention. Mr Hannah the Orthapaedic Vet in Eastbourne is highly regarded by Mr Gary Clayton Jones, which is recommendation enough for me, and I wonder if he would quote a much lesser price for Louis, but also carry out a first class procedure?

I had to send a little puppy there this year and the poor baby's diagnosis was dire, but spot on with a second opinion from Mr Clayton-Jones, who said Mr H's XRays and diagnosis was always first class.

It may or may not save several hundred pounds :thumbs up:
Mr Hanna has been our vet for the last 15 years, he specialises in Orthopaedics and is a really nice human being apart from anything else. He has done major ops on 2 of our GSD's and put our old cat back together after a road accident. :worthy:
His time with you as a client is never rushed and he listens to you too ! I wouldn't dream of taking my dogs anywhere else. :heart:
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weve got 50 so far :funny little things:
:funny little things: :funny little things: :funny little things:

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Thats good to know Janet, I have heard excellent things about Mr Hanna

I know he doesn't have computers and his client list is on cards.:) He is thorough and his XRay plates are superb.

If this idea does help Sharon you are welcome to come here and wait for him as long as it takes! No problem :thumbs up:
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scrappy is scrapping a van this week!
Louis can have what I get for it.
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